When it was announced that 2014’s Pantone colour of the year would be “Radiant Orchid,” I was admittedly a bit perplexed. I love orchids as flowers, and while I know that they come in that beautiful vivid-but-soft-all-at-once purple, the orchids in our backyard were always white. Then there was the question of wether I would actually want to incorporate the colour into my life at all, be it in my wardrobe or my makeup routine. Radiant Orchid is a light purple that has rather strong mix pink and fuchsia undertones– not exactly flattering across all skin types, in my opinion. But by the time March rolled in and the weather was shifting towards this infernal (yes, infernal) heat, the whites, pastels, and brights started making their way out of my closet and the idea of a Radiant Orchid lipstick became quite appealing.
While the idea of a Radiant Orchid lipstick was nice and all, I wasn’t about to go out of my way to find one (unlike what I did when orange was the colour of the year!). I came across the Cover Girl LipPerfection Lipcolour (395.00 Php) in #330 Divine completely by chance while I was browsing the SM Beauty department one day and just thought it was perfect. I had also never tried a Cover Lipstick, so I was excited to see how it performed. Plus points for being so affordable!
I love when packaging gives you a hint of the shade inside and I love even more when the lipstick is true to the indicator. The LipPerfection lipsticks come in simple semi-square tubes. The gunmetal-coloured plastic is very lightweight and doesn’t exactly scream luxury, but at 395.00 Php I’m not complaining! The most important part is of course the lipstick formula itself. The LipPerfection range comes in a variety of finishes and a wide selection of colours, so it’s safe to bet that they all perform differently depending on the shade and finish. #330 Divine has a creamy finish and it performs pretty well. Check it out: This is just two swipes of the lipstick on my arm. It looks a little more pink in this photo because my skin always pulls the pink tones out of any lippie (so if I want a truly plum lip or even a brown/neutral, I have to look for shades with less pink in them). The formula feels comfortable and wears evenly for about 3 hours. When it rubs off, my lips are left with a slight pink stain which tells you that the true base of the colour really is a pink. I have to reapply quite often to keep the purple tones dominant. I don’t mind having to do that though, so it’s all good!
I wore this look for an afternoon stroll around the mall, so I kept the rest of my face very simple. It’s not very obvious here but I used a purple-y eyeshadow in the inner corner of my eyes in an attempt to tie everything in. I was also a bit confused as to what blush to use, so I just went with my usual NARS Oasis. I like the look well enough, but I get the feeling this lippie will work excellently with a more dramatic eye for an evening look, so that’s what I’ll try to do with it next.
So, how do you guys feel about the Pantone colour of the year for 2014? :) Would you guys ever rock a “Radiant Orchid” look? What kind of look would you create? :)